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Jose Mourinho pranks Chelsea staff

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Erik Lamela to move to Porto? Arsenal in for Julian Draxler after Juve fail

Sid Lowe confirms that the Spanish centreback will stay at Madrid, despite rumours of a move to Manchester United; however ESPN FC's Craig Burley wonders how much value a reluctant player will have for the Spanish giants.

Tottenham could use a few more goals out of Erik Lamela, who has just four on the season in all competitions.
Erik Lamela has not set the world alight at Tottenham.

As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Erik Lamela set for Porto move

A juicy rumour from Portuguese newspaper Record: Porto are close to signing Tottenham winger Erik Lamela on loan with an option to make the deal permanent for €7.5 million.

Spurs paid £25.7m (yes, pounds) to sign Lamela from Roma less than two years ago. The Argentine midfielder has not impressed...

 By Chris Wright

Jose Mourinho pranks Chelsea staff with fake team-building exercise

With an upcoming friendly against Montreal Impact to prepare for, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho decided to warm-up (or should that be cool down?) beforehand by pranking members of his playing and backroom staff with a phoney team-building exercise.

The prank involved Mourinho lining up his victims on chairs and asking them to pretend they were sat on a bus, having them lean back and forth in unison while the evil Portuguese mastermind chose his moment to strike.

Sure enough, the signal came and the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jose Mourinho: Radamel Falcao arrival allows Chelsea to play two in attack

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner feels Jose Mourinho's comments are to fire up his players following the continued influx of money being spent by Premier League clubs, but Craig Burley is not surprised that clubs are now "buying titles."
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says his Premier League rivals are now the ones attempting to buy their way to glory, a charge that used to levelled at the Blues.
Former Chelsea player and current Wolfsburg forward Andre Schurrle has backed his old club to retain the Premier League title in the coming season.

Jose Mourinho said he is ready to field two strikers at times this season and that all three Chelsea forwards have "special motivations" to show their worth.

Mourinho selected Diego Costa alone in attack last season when the Spain international was fit, with Didier Drogba and Loic Remy deputising in his absence.

With Drogba having departed and Radamel Falcao having arrived on loan, though, Mourinho said he now has more tactical options as he looks to ensure Chelsea are less predictable this season.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Eden Hazard better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season - Jose Mourinho

The ESPN FC crew talk De Gea's future, Klinsmann's job security and debate whether Hazard or Neymar is the better player.

Eden Hazard had a better season last year than Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Ronaldo has long cemented his place among the top two players in the world alongside Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

But despite scoring 61 goals in all competitions last season for Real Madrid, Los Blancos failed to win any major trophies, and Mourinho said that fact drops his fellow Portuguese to the world's No. 3.

"I think so," Mourinho told The Guardian. "I don't like players or managers...

 By PA Sport

Arsenal 'more than ready to be title contenders,' says Jose Mourinho

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner feels Jose Mourinho's comments are to fire up his players following the continued influx of money being spent by Premier League clubs, but Craig Burley is not surprised that clubs are now "buying titles."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Arsenal are ready to challenge for the Premier League crown this season.

Arsene Wenger has delivered three Premier League titles since replacing Bruce Rioch as manager in 1996, but the Gunners have finished no higher than third in each of the past 10 seasons as the Frenchman often shunned big-money signings in favour of developing young talent.

Arsenal finished 13 points behind Chelsea last season as the Blues won the Premier League at a canter, but Mourinho...